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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 Dynamic Range
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:53:01 PM »
I have a quick question about the dynamic range of the 5D3 which from what I have been reading is behind the D800.  I have never owned a nikon and currently own two 5D3s.  I understand what dynamic range is and how it is important for retaining details in the highlights and shadows of an image.  I guess I would like to know from one who has seen the differences in the two cameras is what am I missing out on?  How does a really high DR (better than the 5D3) help unless I am mostly shooting in high contrast lighting situations or am trying to push or pull and image by more than a couple of stops.  I have always been really happy with the DR of my 5D2 and now my 5D3 and being a wedding photographer I shoot in about every lighting condition possible.  I always shoot JPEG with highlight tone priority enabled and do my best to get the exposure and WB spot on.  I also shoot in Faithful picture mode with the contrast turned down one notch.  I end up with pretty flat images out of the camera with plenty of details in the highlights and shadows.  Unless I really mis the exposure I have never been unhappy with the DR.  I almost always end up adding contrast to the picture because there is too much DR and the image looks too flat.  I probably won't own a Nikon so I am just curious from those who have seen the difference hands on how big of a difference is it and in what situations will it really be beneficial.  It seems like low ISO high DR performance has become more important than high ISO low noise performance.  I am not trying to start another debate over the two cameras I just want to know how much better it is and how much of a difference it would really make.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d X field test
« on: April 30, 2012, 04:10:54 PM »
In terms of "softness" I had a Mark II for almost three years and now I have two Mark IIIs.  The Mark III is very sharp.  It is sharper than the Mark II and the IQ in terms of color and ISO are superior.  I can't imagine the the 1Dx having a "softness" issue if the Mark IIIs images are extremely sharp.   


Yeah? Could you post a couple of raw's, say of a barcode and small text, I can compare to mine with? because mine is def softer than my 5d2. Serioulsy different.



that would really help. at full resolution please, a RAW file would be perfect if possible


Yes I can.  If you don't mind can you give me a day or so to get to it.  Here is an image I took at a wedding with my 50mm 1.2 @ 1.2.  The 50mm 1.2 is NOT a sharp lens @ 1.2 and with the 5D2 I could never have gotten anything like this.  Let alone in focus.  I know barcodes and RAW images are important but I can make money off of this image and the 5D3 allows me to do it better than the 5D2.  I am just saying that when it comes to a real world test the 5D3 gives me excellent results time and time again.  In my opinion the 5D3 was made for us wedding photographers and event photographers that need excellent IQ & fast accurate autofocus in difficult fast moving environments.  If I was a landscape photographer or a studio photographer I would buy a different camera.  The focus was on the groom's face.  Perfectly sharp for 1.2 and the best part is that it is in focus which is a lot more than the 5D2 could offer me. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaayres/6983294866/#in/photostream

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Lenses / Re: Advice on Telephoto Lens
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:58:56 PM »
Not to go against the grain, but I'm thinking that 200mm is already on the long side for wedding photography. If you need more than that, you're too far away from the action. As the wedding photographer, it's your job to be in the right place at the right time, and that right place isn't going to put you farther away than you can comfortably cover with a 135.

I could maybe see an exception for some super-compressed fashion-type staged portraits...which puts you right back to a supertelephoto, if that's the look you're going for.

Cheers,

b&

I would agree, however, there are a lot of big long Catholic churches with very strick rules and a few times a year I find myself stuck at the back of a church with NO option of moving or getting closer.  That is maybe 1 out of 15 or 20 weddings but it does happen enough times that I need the extra zoom to get some of the closer shots I want, and am used to in those situations.   

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Lenses / Advice on Telephoto Lens
« on: April 30, 2012, 10:47:54 AM »
I am a wedding photographer and currently my longest lens is the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.  I used to have a 5D2 and a 7D and during the ceremony I would put the 70-200 on the 7D which gave me about 320mm.  I really never found myself needing much more reach than that.  I recently sold both my cameras and bought two 5D3s.  I love them but I have a feeling there will be several times this wedding season that I will be wishing I had the additional reach.  The big problem I have found as that most telephoto lenses are very expensive being that I won't need it 95% of the time.  I would love to have the new version of the 100-400 but who knows when that is going to come out and what it will cost.  I was thinking about the 300mm f/4L and maybe getting the 1.4 extender just in case I need the extra reach.  Any thoughts on a reasonably prices telephoto with IS that will get me the reach I need?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 not soft anymore?
« on: April 29, 2012, 05:05:34 PM »
I had a 5D2 for over 3 years and now I own two 5D3s and I find the 5D3s to be very sharp.  When I use my 50mm 1.2 at f/2 it is too sharp for close portraits.  I always find myself taking the clarity down a little in LR to make them softer.  The 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is the same.  My two cameras were in the first or second round of shipping.  I got them in the end of March and early April.  I have never sat down and done an official test but after several photo shoots and 4000+ pictures at a wedding I am very satisfied.  And the best part is having so many of them in focus!   

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d X field test
« on: April 29, 2012, 08:25:53 AM »
In terms of "softness" I had a Mark II for almost three years and now I have two Mark IIIs.  The Mark III is very sharp.  It is sharper than the Mark II and the IQ in terms of color and ISO are superior.  I can't imagine the the 1Dx having a "softness" issue if the Mark IIIs images are extremely sharp.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shoot JPEG again with 5D3
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:09:56 PM »

But why get yourself a 5D3 to shoot JPEG? There must have been a bazillion words written in the RAW vs JPEG debate and the pro-RAW conclusions remain totally valid.

Frankly it freaks me out to shoot JPEG on any camera other than my phone...the potential for post-pro grief makes it a non-starter. If you know for 100% certain your output requirements are modest, check out mRAW.


I bought 2 5D3s to shoot JPEG only.  I have shot RAW exclusively for years and edited probably over 100,000 RAW and JPEG images.  RAW is really only a benefit to me when I miss the exposure or WB.  Sure RAW captures a lot more information but if you don't need that information then it is a waste.  I shoot 20-30 weddings a year and probably shoot 3000-5000 pictures per wedding and a good JPEG is just as good as a RAW image unless your settings are off or you plan on doing extensive dodging or burning.  If you shoot manual and dial in the WB using the Kelvin color temperature and the WB shift to properly balance the color of the light source your JPEG is going to be as good if not better than if it were taken in RAW.         

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D3 HRD pretty nice
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:56:45 PM »
Very nice photo.  What lens and settings?

I just used my 50mm 1.2.  I think I was at ISO 800 and f/6.3.  Thanks for the complement. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark iii and 64Gigabyte SD card
« on: April 23, 2012, 11:36:57 PM »
I just shot a wedding with a 64GB CF and a 64GB SD in the camera.  Both were Extreem Pro 95MB and they worked great.  I have also used the Lexar Professional 600X 64GB SD card and it has worked great so far.  I love being able to shoot an entire wedding without taking cards out of my camera.  I feel like the chances of both of them failing in the camera is not very likely.   I don't like messing with a bunch of smaller cards and possibly drop one or break it somehow during the wedding. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 one shot AF
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:00:16 PM »
Yes I even have the 600ex which is supposed to work well with the 5D3 AF.  When I am close enough it does help but not much.  A lot of times I am at a distance with my 70-200mm and the AF assist beam doesn't do much then.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 one shot AF
« on: April 23, 2012, 11:16:16 AM »
I can't find anything else but let me know if you figure out any other adjustments that help.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 one shot AF
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:25:40 AM »
I would like to say first off I love the 5D3 AF and think it is very good.  It is very accurate and has allowed me do do things I couldn't have dreamed about with my 5D2.  However, there is one tiny issue that kind of bugs me and I was curious if anyone else has experienced this.  I have two 5D3s and they both do this.  With one shot AF in dim-dark situations it seems like it will focus quickly at first and then hunt a little before it finally gives me the red light to shoot.  During a reception last night I finally just switched over to AI servo and it was fast as lightning in pretty dim light.  Accuracy was really good as well.  I went into the menu and adjusted the setting that allows the camera to take the picture before "focus" is achieved in one shot mode and I liked it better.  It is like the camera achieves focus almost instantly but the red light has a small delay.  In a brief test I took several shots after focus but before the red light and found that almost all of the time the camera focuses just fine initially and doesn't benefit from the additional hunting before it shows red.  I hope that makes since.  Anyone else have a similar experience.

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Lighting / 600ex-rt group mode issue
« on: April 22, 2012, 02:05:37 AM »
I have 3 600ex-rt flashes and for the most part I love them.  I was shooting a wedding reception tonight and during receptions I always have two off camera flashes and one on the camera.  The two off camera flashes are set to 1/32 and the on camera flash is always set to ETTL.  I used to do it with pocket wizards and the batteries on my flashes would always last all night long.  I expected the 600ex flashes to last a while as well.  They didn't last as long but which is okay but when one of my slaves ran out of batteries it caused my on camera flash not to fire as well.  I didn't realize what was going on because they are still fairly new to me so I changed my batteries on the on the master flash.  They lasted a few shots and the master flash stopped working again.  I kind of freaked me out because I was relying on the on camera flash to work.  I didn't expect one of my slaves to cause the master not to fire.  I didn't quite figure out what happened until I was driving home.  Sure enough when I got home I turned on my master flash only and fired off about 20 shots in a row and the flash had plenty of battery power.  Has this ever happened to anyone?  Apparently the red light on the master flash will only come back on when all of the flashes are recharged.  I will know what is going on next time but is there a way to set it up so that the master will still fire if the slave runs out of juice?   

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5D MK III Sample Images / 5D3 HRD pretty nice
« on: April 17, 2012, 08:42:50 AM »
I had a chance to test out the HDR mode in my 5D3 and I am pretty happy.  I am sure I could have gotten a lot better image shooting raw and doing it myself but the 5D3 did a pretty good job.  I spent maybe 30 seconds in Lightroom giving it a little clarity, boosting the shadows and adding a little saturation.  Below is a link to the full resolution image.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaayres/6941058932/#

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600ex-rt group mode
« on: April 11, 2012, 02:05:54 PM »
I have a quick question.  I have 3 600ex-rt flashes and I have been experimenting with the group mode which I think is fantastic.  I have one of my slave flashes set to group B and the other to group C.  I am assuming that the master flash is group A?  I don't see a way to change the group of the master flash on the camera.  Anyone know if it can only be in group A or can you change the group of the master flash? 

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